Purina Beneful and Pro Plan Dog Food Recall

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March 10, 2016 — Nestle Purina has announced it is voluntarily recalling select lots of its Beneful and Purina Pro Plan wet dog foods because they may not contain the recommended level of vitamins and minerals.

Purina discovered through its own testing that the affected dog foods did not contain the recommended level of vitamins and minerals and voluntarily recalled the product.

What’s Being Recalled?

The recall includes select lots of wet dog food 10-oz. tubs under the Beneful Prepared Meals, Beneful Chopped Blends and Pro Plan Savory Meals brands.

No other Purina products or sizes are affected.

Purina Beneful and Pro Plan Dog Food Recall

Lot Information

A complete list of included products by “Best Before” date and production code ranges are listed below:

Purina Beneful and Pro Plan Dog Food Recall Lot Info

What to Do?

Purina is conducting this voluntary recall as a precaution for those dogs who may have eaten the affected product as their only meal for more than several weeks.

If you have questions about your pet’s health, the company suggests that you contact your veterinarian.

Although most of the recalled product contains all of the vitamins and minerals your dog needs, Purina recommends that you discard any of the affected product you may have.

For more information or to request a refund, please call the company at 800-877-7919.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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  • aimee

    Hi Surisun,

    I can understand your alarm at a medication labeled dog only being dispensed to your cat. Many medications used in our companion animals are not labeled for them.

    I’d encourage you to ask your vet about the medication dispensed. If this script was intentional than ideally your vet hospital should have given you a head’s up that the drug was being dispensed “off label”

    The one med that comes to mind that is widely used in cats that states for use in dogs only is Cerenia.

  • Surisun

    Sorry to all who have lost their companion animals. I know the pain. Have lost many throught the years. Keep in mind it’s not only the food we feed them. Its all the other poisons.
    Flea and tick, vaccinations, heart worm, heartless vets etc. I give my animals a variety of food. Never use the same brand every day and make some food also.
    My vet just gave my 24 year old cat with bad kidneys a dog medication.
    She covered it with a label. The manufacturers insert said dogs only not approved for use in cats. Don’t worry I read it first did not give it to him.

  • Ant con

    Don’t stick to just one brand, mix it up. Wet&dry, game, fresh fish ect..

  • Ellie Kalantzaki

    Hello ^^
    I fed my dog ACANA puppy and junior for small breeds <10kg and it caused him to have diarrhea. AT first, he liked it but then he refused to eat it and would eat it only when really hungry or with an appetite. My vet told me it's not a good brand for where I live (Mediterranean Sea coast) because of the climate and suggested me other brands like ProPlan amongst others.Another person who's studied such topics told me it could be the protein that caused all the problems and the unlimited shedding.
    In the end, I switched him to raw DOCA meals (produced in my country) which he loved and a couple months later on BARF code (also from my country). He's still eating raw and it's the only food he's been on that still eats it willingly and likes after months. He also stopped hid diarrhea and his shedding calmed down a bit.
    If your dog is very energetic, I would recommend Acana in a heartbeat. And if you have more money to spend, get Orijen. It's the same company, just the protein is higher in Orijen.

  • Babslynne

    The ingredients don’t lie, there are hardly any good ingredients in this dog food. There are some 4&5 star rated affordable dog foods, such as Pure Balance @ Walmart, 4Health @ Tractor Supply, Kirkland Signature @ Costco, each around $1 a can or around $1 a pound for the dry food, also Victor and Nutrisource. Dogs do get a little sick if you don’t transition them slowly from one food to another by mixing the new food into the old food a little bit at a time over the course of a week or two, and when switching from a poor quality food to a better quality food which usually has more protein. Years ago cheap dog food was not as bad as it is now, over the years the dog food companies have found new ways to cut corners and add cheap fillers and low quality ingredients to make a profit. I hope you will consider trying one of the dog foods I mentioned by slowly transitioning him to it. Adding a Tbs of plain canned pumpkin or a little plain yogurt or a probiotic will also help settle their tummy during the transition, and its worth all the trouble if it means a longer and healthier life.

  • Bunnylove67

    Well lucky you! Wonder how much better your dogs would feel if they were fed quality food. They’re obviously not getting what they need from this crap food that has no nutritional value. It’s like feeding a kid hotdogs everyday for their entire life and thinking it’s good for them because they haven’t been sick, you aren’t your dog and you don’t live in your dogs body so you dont know exactly how your dog feels, the only thing you can be certain of, is that it hasn’t killed them and the lack of nutrients and garbage it contains has been tolerated by your poor dogs for 14+ years.
    You should at least feed your dogs good quality food in their elder years, I’m sure they would really appreciate it after eating the same food for 14+ years.

  • Charlene Ferrell

    We fed our dog this food. We were almost through one bag. TJ was a boxer. He was 5 years old. He was healthy. He vomited several times. Urinated uncontrollably. Lost his appetite. Had two seizures and died. He had no previous health issues. I would caution anyone who loves their pet.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Alfred,

    I don’t use this food, but I believe there is a class action suit against Beneful. If your dog is having seizures when fed this food, please stop and choose a better, more natural food. There are many foods in the 3-4 star range that you could switch to. Pro Pac Ultimates, Pure Balance, 4Health are some of the suggested ones that have a good reputation and cost no more to feed. Good luck with your dog. I hope this site can help you:

    http://www.forthepeople.com/class-action-lawyers/purina-beneful-dog-food-deaths/

  • Alfred

    My 7 year old chihuahua had a seizure on his birthday, the vet did some tests and explained it was probably something he was eating. Grapes, raisins, table food. We haven’t given him table food, he just eats his dry purina beneful food. I read bad reviews on it and took him off of that food. Now he’s back on it for a week and a few minutes ago he just had another seizure, this food is bad, has anyone in the past ever placed a law suit?

  • Pitlove

    Hi Denise-

    I think there may be some confusion here. I do not work for Purina in any way shape or form.

    I apologize for your dogs illness, however I can not help you as I have no affliation with Purina. However, just to let you know, if your dog has been eating the Beneful tubbed food for an extended period of time, then yes the low levels of vitamins can cause nutrient deficiencies that may be causing your dog to be sick.

    Have you explained to your vet what you were feeding and what it was recalled for? Also you may want to contact Purina directly and explain your dogs symptoms.

  • Denise Gerardi

    Seriously…not enough vitamins. Give me a break! My dog has been violently ill and the vet hasn’t been able to help. Her diet was only beneful and I had eight containers of your recalled product in my house. Unfortunately,we can’t prove it was your food. By the looks of these complaints someone should be held responsible. Not enough vitamins?! I’m too smart to believe that. And your company is too stupid to think of a more intelligent excuse for a recall.

  • Marinoella

    Everybody is entitled to their opinions so if yu dont like someone’s comments just dont respond back. Be respectful,n act like an adult! We all have issues with our loved pets n it is sad when we lose our pets. Stop with the negativity .

  • Bunnylove67

    I agree!

  • BuckTard

    I can tell you Beniful killed my dog 10 years ago. Even the vet told me that he had been hearing talk about it but they werent in the position to prove it. It was all coincidence and other vets talking to each other. Sad to see they arte still killing dogs and making them sick.

  • BuckTard

    I will NEVER feed another dog of mine Beniful. About 10 years ago I had a 12 yr old Collie that just got sickat one point and the vets could nt find anything. I dropped an entire incom tax refund on that girl and borrowed to the hilt to run any test we could think of. I had to put her down and the vet asked me what I fed her. I told him Beniful from day 1 and he told me that there were a lot of cases of pet owners dogs just dying that were on beniful. Nothing they could prove mind you but vets are in a unique position to put things together. Never again.

  • Gwen Thomas

    I have a Jack Russell, spent last week in the hospital. feeding dry Beneful Incredibites. He became violently ill in the middle of the night.Throwing up, he made it to the door, laying on the rug with severe stomach pains, his body in spasms. His bowels started moving, Then became dark and bloody liquid. would not eat, took to the Vet, HE said he had HGE. But didnt know what caused it. A lot of people I am hearing from, had the same thing happen to their dogs after Beneful dry dog food. Some died, and some recovered. Had I not taken mine to the Vet, he was put on IV meds, antibiotic and fluids, he would have died. stayed 5 days in the hospital. Symptoms: Severe Vomiting, Lethargy, Bloody Diarrhea, Stomach Spasms, No Appetite,

  • Joy

    Thank you for that info. Then to the vet she goes!

  • Pitlove

    Hi Joy-

    This food was recalled due to low levels of vitamins, not because it was contaminated. If your dog is still experiencing these symptoms you will want to get her in to see her vet. Black tarry stool is usually very serious and it may have nothing to do with the food.

  • Joy

    I noticed my Daisy had black tarry stools a couple of weeks ago off and on. She was refusing to eat the wet Beneful dog food I would mix in with her dry. I’ve been adding this for years and usually she wouldn’t eat the dry food without. So I decided to look for recalled food and found this. I’m so hurt because I’ve been feeding her poison and can only conclude that this is the source. She smells something off with the food and I kept serving it to her. Horrible!!!

  • Cannoli

    but they have done AAFCO testing that makes the food safe and nutritious to eat! ha

  • LabsRawesome

    I assume you are talking about Beneful dry?
    People need to read ingredient lists and not
    just watch Purina’s commercials, and believe
    their bull crap.

  • skeptical spectacle

    Beneful killed our Jack Russell after three weeks, found dead in vomit, urine, feces..The larger dog recovered, she had lethargy. Jack began urinating anywhere, bloated after eating, lost energy. Thought it was her she and mind, until suddenly. Found beneful complaints, stopped feeding our oldest immediately and tossed that dry Crap out! Never, EVER Purina.

  • Jamie Schwartz

    Just because you feed it doesn’t mean it’s good. Look up the ingredients. It’s a terrible food… Many dogs have died from it. Just because yours hasn’t doesn’t mean that it’s a good food to feed or that it’s healthy. This food shouldn’t even be sold. There are ingredients in it that are banned for human consumption – food good reason.

  • Jamie Schwartz

    Please take them off Beneful, it’s a terrible food with terrible ingredients. It literally poisons pets. Propylene glycol is something that should ever be in a dog’s food. Look at the ingredient list on this site, they break down what ingredients are. There is literally nothing nutritious in the food. Yes your dogs have lived a long life on it, that does not mean they are healthy. Their bodies have to be suffering because of it.

  • sharron

    you go girl!!!!!!!

  • Emily S

    Lisa L.- Really wow! You want to act like you know everything about dogs because you train them! That’s ridiculous! You couldn’t in anyway tell someone what is Good for their dog without ever seeing the dog. Every dog reacts differently to different foods. I have tried to feed one of my dogs what you call good food for years! Every time he ends up gassy and diarrhea And yes every time I slowly introduce the food. I always have to switch back to the crap food! At this time I am trying to introduce a new food Again! My vet said he probably does better on crap food because the other food is too rich for him so I now have to put him on a low protein high fiber diet. So with you not ever seeing the dog you couldn’t possibly say what is good for them. Keep opinions like that to yourself I guarantee The owner is more familiar with the dogs needs then you are over the web!

  • Pitlove

    Hi Amy-

    I don’t know what your regular dog food was, but these ratings are based only on the ingredient list and GA, which does not always reflect the nutritional adequecy of the food, nor how your dog does on it. That is why when thinking from a nutrition standpoint it is difficult to choose a food based on these ratings and the comments on the reviews. It can be a jumping off point, but not much more until you feed the food you are considering.

    These ratings are not an indicator that Ronnie’s dog is unhealthy eating his dog food of choice and they are not an indicator that your dog is healthier because you switched off a lower rated food.

  • Amy Luongo

    Have you read the reviews?
    What about the kid that eats nothing but soda and candy but is still alive at 14? I was horrified to see my regular dog food rating but I changed her food and she is happier. If she suddenly drops dead at least I know I it wasn’t the food I was feeding her!

  • sharron

    never been worried about her comments about me – she’s a very narrow minded fanatic – i think the whole thing was a hoot

  • theBCnut

    I read some of her posts elsewhere, and she thinks God, Heaven, and Hell are fairy tales, so you don’t need to worry anymore.

  • sharron

    of course not, me and the rest of us that feed wet food are all going to hell. I look for lightening bolts every time i open a can of food for Lexee

  • theBCnut

    And, of course, none of the rest of us are.

  • Babslynne

    There are also some affordable 4 & 5 star dog foods you could rotate along with the beneful tubs in order to ensure adequate nutrition, such as Pure Balance at Walmart for $1 a can, or 4Health at Tractor Supply that’s also $1 a can. You could also add healthy toppers like pumpkin, or carrots.
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/frequently-asked-questions/diet-rotation-for-dogs/

  • sharron

    i read other comments made by this woman on other issues not just about dogs and i think she is one that likes or feels she needs to yell her opinions at you – she’s one that wants to be heard – can’t imagine what it would be like to talk to her face to face

  • theBCnut

    Of course, you’re right.

  • mahoraner niall

    I never said they haven’t.

  • LabsRawesome

    Are you sure? I thought if someone typed in all caps
    they had to be completely right about everything. lol

  • Greg

    Your a dummy

  • sharron

    hi – yes i agree – i have no idea what her point was, if there was one – it was just a lot of babble – it was like she was drunk

  • Pitlove

    Thankfully comments like those speak more to the character of the person making them, than to the person they are directed at.

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